Halloween is here, and it’s time to decorate your apartment for the scariest night of the year. It’s an exciting time of year, filled with festive decorations and costumes, but if you don’t have a lot of space or don’t feel like throwing out all your furniture to make room, there are fun ways to decorate without leaving your home looking like a horror set.
Here are some Halloween decoration ideas on how to decorate your apartment for Halloween!
(1) Have an all-out party
This year, instead of just getting a costume and a pumpkin carving kit, I decided to go all out with my Halloween decorations. I put on some spooky music and loaded up my Netflix queue with horror movies. Then I went around the house turning off all the lights, so it was super dark when you walked in the door.
Next, I scattered some fake cobwebs around the living room, taped up some paper ghosts on the walls and then added some candles everywhere. I felt like this made the place look pretty authentic!
Plus, these home decorating ideas for Halloween projects took me only an hour or two from start to finish, which is way less time than I would have spent shopping for costumes or trying to carve a gourd. I also feel better about spending money on something that will last for years rather than just one night, plus I can enjoy all my decorating work for weeks to come.
Even if you don’t want to take things as far as I did, there are plenty of ways to add a little festive flair without breaking the bank. For example, adding a few pumpkins to your front porch is relatively inexpensive and easy (not counting the risk of accidentally smashing them).
(2) Turn the lights off
If you are one of the many people who live in an apartment without a yard, then you might be feeling like your ways to decorate your home for Halloween ideas are limited. Whether you’re hosting a party, or just want to get into the spirit of things, these five ways will help you decorate your apartment for Halloween. It’s not as hard as you think!
Use whatever decorations you can find around your house, or do some creative crafting. Here are a few fun and creative ways to decorate your apartment for Halloween
(A) Fill old empty jars with brains (a mixture of grapes and applesauce) to serve as drink containers.
(B) Spray-paint plastic ghosts white, cut out paper eyes from construction paper, and attach them to sticks for eerie wandering spirits.
(C) Use wall decals (or paint) to create spooky silhouettes on windowsills or near doors.
(D) Decorate doorways with cobwebs made from cotton balls dipped in black paint.
(E) Hang orange lights outside to make it look like jack o’lanterns have been left outside.
(F) Create creepy holiday greetings by writing Happy Halloween in dripping blood, covering it with a thick layer of clear sealant.
(G) Cut fake spiders from pipe cleaners and place them in corners.
(H) Cover bookshelves with fake spider webs to give guests a fright when they walk past.
(I) You could also try spraying spider webs onto your walls, they’ll eventually peel off easily.
(J) If you have time, spend a night making up stories about what creatures lurk in every dark corner.
(K) If you don’t feel comfortable having open flames inside your home, turn candles upside down and use them as vases instead. The wax will stay put at the bottom of the jar while flowers float on top!
(3) Use glow sticks
Use some easy DIY Halloween decoration ideas like – glow sticks! They’re inexpensive, easy to find, and fun. The great thing about glow sticks is that they can be used in a variety of ways. You could string them around your room, hang them from the ceiling like spider webs or scatter them on the floor like bubbles!
To add to the effect, paint glow-in-the-dark paint onto your white walls and draw creepy shapes onto black paper (think witches, ghosts, and pumpkins). Put these images up with painters tape and cover the rest of your wall with newspaper or table cloths.
When it’s dark out, turn off all lights in the room except for one lamp that’s been painted green with glow paint. Next, light the glow sticks and watch as they create an eerie feeling in your room.
Plus, this “decorate your house for Halloween” project won’t cost you much money because most likely you have everything at home already. Just remember to keep your lit lamps away from curtains and other fabrics so they don’t catch fire. If you are living alone, get some friends over for some extra spooky fun.
(4) Glow Paint Everything
This is a great way to use up leftover paint that’s been sitting around. You can get crafty with your decorations by making lines, shapes, words, or even using stencils.
In addition, the cheapest way to decorate your apartment for Halloween is by buying some inexpensive spooky string lights from Target and hanging them all over the place.
Lastly, you can go all out and buy some spider webs from Amazon. The best part about these decorations are they will last until Thanksgiving! With a little creativity, it doesn’t take much to create an incredible party atmosphere in your home.
(5) Create a Scary Scene on Your Front Door
(A) Have someone greet your guests at the door as if they are coming into a haunted house.
(B) Place cobwebs around the entranceway or on the front porch.
(C) Place fake spider webs in corners, on furniture, or behind doors.
(D) Hang a few old-fashioned lanterns from the ceiling to create an eerie atmosphere with flickering lights that will be sure to give visitors shivers!
(E) When it comes to how to decorate your home for Halloween, don’t forget to play spooky music while entertaining.
(F) Dress up your dog or cat in a cute costume to make it seem like you have some real ghouls roaming about your place.
(G) Put an orange light bulb inside of an opaque white pumpkin and turn off all other lightings so the pumpkin glows.
(H) Put toilet paper streamers down in hallways, living rooms, kitchen or dining areas for a fun but creepy effect.
(I) Buy white sheets at dollar stores and cut them into various shapes such as ghosts, bats, pumpkins or any other Halloween themed shape before wrapping them around lamps to add ambiance and color (you can also use tinfoil).
(6) Get festive with some indoor spiderwebs
Grab some black paint, a paintbrush, some old newspaper or crepe paper, scissors, a large bowl of water and an extra set of hands. Put on your safety goggles. Take your newspaper or crepe paper in one hand, dip it in the water then press it against the wall. Use your fingers or the back of a spoon to smooth out any wrinkles then let dry.
Repeat until you have covered as much of the wall as you want with spiderwebs. Cut shapes from the remaining newspaper or crepe paper and tape them to the wall at different heights so they look like hanging decorations. Add more spiders if desired!
You can also use foam balls sprayed black and wrapped in thread. Tape them around your living room Halloween decorations to spook trick-or-treaters or place under tables or chairs to make it appear that there is someone hiding there waiting to jump out. If you don’t feel up to painting walls try sticking decals on furniture such as chairs, lamps, shelves etcetera.
These are easy to apply and will not leave any permanent markings on your belongings. Buy stickers of ghosts, witches, and other creepy creatures from the dollar store or craft store and put them anywhere you wish (windowsills, TV screens, inside toilet lids). There are many options for DIY decorating; all you need are imagination, creativity and time.
(7) Scatter spooky items around your home
Ghosts, ghouls, witches, bats, spiders, webs. These are just some of the things that come to mind when we think about decorating your apartment for Halloween. But you don’t have to go out and buy all new decorations every year. Use what you already have at home! Add a little spookiness with a black tablecloth or cobwebs strung across the ceiling.
There are always more than one ways to decorate your home for Halloween!
And if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, head over to Pinterest and check out all the fun photos people post each year. You might even get inspired enough to create something amazing yourself!
So what are you waiting for? Grab those leftovers from last night’s dinner, put on your favorite scary movie, turn off the lights in your living room and see where the night takes you. Happy haunting!
(8) Set up a candy bar
Have a candy bar set up in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom. The only rule is that the candy must be hidden away. Hide it on shelves, under furniture, inside of lamps or planters – you name it! Make sure there’s enough food so guests can eat some as they go along their way while they take their turns hunting down treats.
You could also have different levels of Halloween decoration ideas difficulty – one tier might have easy snacks like Hershey Kisses and Reese’s Cups while another might have more difficult goodies like Twix bars and Cadbury Creme Eggs! Consider setting up a time limit for each level.
There are many other ways you can use this idea as well: Add decorations and/or spooky lights, put out your favorite playlist (we recommend adding some Queen!) to give the atmosphere even more pizzas, etc. Remember that if people come over expecting nothing but candy – don’t worry about not having any!